By nonfiction cryptozoology book author Jonathan David Whitcomb
I suggest one or more of the following three paperbacks for LDS readers (even though I did not write them especially with Mormons in mind) and for those not of our faith:
- Searching for Ropens and Finding God – fourth edition
- Live Pterosaurs in America – third edition
- Modern Pterosaurs – this first edition may soon be revised
Three revolutionary nonfictions by LDS author Jonathan Whitcomb
Searching for Ropens and Finding God – fourth edition
This is the best book of the three for the reader who has little or no previous knowledge of living-pterosaur investigations, who might be skeptical at first glance, and who nevertheless could become interested enough to take on the “Bible of modern pterosaurs,” 360 pages that include the following:
- Christian men searching remote jungles for large non-extinct “pterodactyls”
- Many eyewitness sighting reports from around the world
- Comparing sightings and reasoning about various degrees of credibility
- Why the absolute extinction of all pterosaur species is practically impossible
- How modern pterosaurs are most likely to use intrinsic bioluminescence
- Why Bible-believing explorers risked their lives and reputations in expeditions
- How non-extinct pterosaurs relate to old legends of fire-breathing dragons
- And much more
The following is part of an Amazon reader review:
If you’re interested in cryptozoology and wonder if dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures exist today, this is an excellent book for you to read. I found it to be a fascinating read.
Live Pterosaurs in America – third edition
This book could be ideal for the LDS or non-LDS reader who fits one of these:
- Has already read something about modern-pterosaur research
- Knows somebody who has seen an apparent pterosaur in the USA
- Would like to learn about living pterosaurs but not for 300+ pages
Modern Pterosaurs – published in 2017
This nonfiction cryptozoology book differs from the other two in that the main point is not eyewitness testimonies but an old photograph. “Ptp” shows six apparent Civil War soldiers standing near what seems to be a huge dead pterosaur. Nevertheless, eyewitness reports, including some accounts not in the other two books, are used as an introduction.
This could be ideal for the nonfiction reader who will consider eyewitness testimonies but who really wants something more, some kind of evidence more tangible.
At 116 pages, this living-pterosaur book is the smallest of the three: an easy read. The suggested retail price is only $9.40.
. . . the old photograph that is now called “Ptp,” long known by many cryptozoologists and by those fascinated by the paranormal.
Let’s examine types of sightings of potential pterosaurs and a small number of the more-important eyewitness encounters. The three types include . . .
For days, Cliff Paiva, a physicist living in California, analyzed the video footage: two lights that Paul Nation (of Texas) recorded in Papua New Guinea, late in 2006. Whatever the lights were, they were not airplanes, meteors, car headlights, flashlights, or camera artifacts.
Nonfiction books for LDS readers (Mormons)
Before getting into the differences between these cryptozoology books, let me be clear: Not one of them was written entirely for an LDS audience. . . . In short, [Searching for Ropens and Finding God] can be enjoyed by many readers, except for some atheists who are sometimes vocal to support their atheism.
It was getting dark but there was plenty of light in the sky when we saw what we believe to be a pterodactyle. The wingspan seemed to be about 25’ to 30’ ft wide.